Pastoral groups need to up Covid jab uptake

Thursday, August 26th, 2021 00:00 |

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Latest data from the Health ministry reveals that Nairobi, Nyeri and Uasin Gishu counties have registered the highest proportion of fully vaccinated people in the country while Marsabit, Wajir and Tana River have the lowest number. 

The latter recording less than one per cent each of persons vaccinated with both doses of Covid.

Such low numbers of vaccinated people at a time the country is experiencing a more potent variant of the Covid-19 should be a cause of worry.  

While the government and friendly countries have spared no effort to ensure that the vaccines were available locally, it cannot be explained why huge population of  Kenyans  continues to shun the life-saving jab.  

We are, however, gratified by reports that close to 300,000 people have been vaccinated since Friday last week, as Kenyans rush to get the jab amid spiraling infections.

The Covid-19 pandemic is still ravaging countries. It is still as vicious if not more potent than it was months ago.

Families are raising funds to treat their sick, others are burying their dead in less dignified manner thanks to the virus.

Whereas everyone wants to pick up the pieces and resume normal lives, this has not been easy because of the variants that keep popping up when societies think all is well.

The United Kingdom reopened its economy and it was because they felt they had vaccinated a sizable chunk of its population to keep the virus at bay.  

Experts concur that a vaccine will protect an individual from hospitalisation or suffering adverse effects of the virus.

More than 5.04 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide; an equivalent of 66 doses for every 100 people.

The United Arab Emirates is the leading nation globally in terms of the number of vaccines administered.

As at yesterday, 86 per cent of its adult population had been vaccinated with 75 per cent fully vaccinated. In Kenya, the statistics are grim. 

A paltry three per cent of the adult population has been given at least one dose with less than one per cent fully vaccinated.

This realisation prompted the President to plead with Kenyans to get the injection.

According to the data, counties dominated by pastoral communities have the lowest proportion of people fully vaccinated, a situation highly attributable to primordial cultural believes. 

We advise Kenyans to heed the President’s call and take the live-saving jab. Our health is both a personal and collective responsibility.

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